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30 September 2020 | Story Nitha Ramnath | Photo Supplied
SWSA represented by Mariné du Toit (left) and Lyshea Mapaike(right) at the handover of the funds raised

Sunflower Children’s Hospice, situated on the ground floor of the National District Hospital, is a non-profit organisation that provides care and compassion for all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. As far as possible, the hospice aims to keep children within their families and communities, with relevant supervision and support.  However, the hospice is also a permanent residence to many children.

At Sunflower Children’s Hospice, children and their families are provided with:
• palliative care, including pain and symptom management;
• quality of life;
• relief of suffering;
• support for child and family/guardians;
• developmental stimulation;
• support during the bereavement period;
• dignity in death;
• community participation; and
• relevant training.

Due to limited funds, the hospice experiences many financial challenges, which motivated the Social Work Student Association (SWSA) to become involved. Their involvement led to the establishment of the ‘#Adoptaflower’ project by raising funds for the organisation and getting more Social Work students to spend time with the children, as they do not have enough caregivers at the house to give them the special personal attention that they need.  This project was spearheaded by Mariné du Toit, Portfolio Head: Community Upliftment of the SWSA. 

The fundraising initiative collected R1 300 from selling raffle tickets to the university community.  Due to COVID-19 and the lockdown period, it became impossible to proceed with the intention of the Social Work students to spend more time with the children.  

Besides Social Work students not being able to proceed with their intention of interacting more closely with the children concerned, the lockdown unfortunately also affected it negatively in other areas.  The hospice needs assistance with clothes, toiletries, and groceries. Sunflower House therefore needs funds and sponsors to continue providing services to so many children in need of care and support. For more information regarding public involvement, 051 448 3813 is the number to call. 

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SA men's hockey team prepare for Commonwealth Games on UFS soil
2010-09-08

The SA men’s hockey team prepares for the Common Wealth Games on the Astros at the UFS.
Photo: Supplied

For the second time this year the South African men’s hockey team will prepare for a big sporting event on the Astros of the University of the Free State (UFS), this time for the Commonwealth Games that are taking place in Delhi, India. At the beginning of the year South Africa’s number one men’s hockey team, together with the first- and fourth- ranking teams, Germany and the team from The Netherlands; also utilised the UFS’s facilities to prepare for the World Cup that took place earlier this year, also in New Delhi.

This is proof that the UFS is succeeding in its goal: availing world-class facilities to its students and to support sports as a whole in South Africa.

The team will train from Saturday, 4 September until Thursday, 9 September 2010. On Monday and Tuesday evening the UFS men’s hockey team will play a practice match against our national men’s hockey team.

 

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